Consulting Boot Camp May--3 & 4, 2021 (3:00 - 6:30 pm Eastern)

Reflective Practice & Innovation: Making Creativity Part of Your Life--May 6, 2021 (3:00 - 6:30 pm Eastern)

Canadian Evaluation Society's 2021 Virtual Conference

https://c2021.evaluationcanada.ca/

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Consulting Boot Camp: What You Need to Know to Get Started

Are you dreaming about becoming an independent consultant? For many, this prospect is both exciting and daunting. You ask: How do I get started? What kind of business skills do I need? Will there be enough work? Can I afford to do this? These and other unanswered questions may be holding you back. Join Gail Barrington, an independent consultant with more than 30 years experience, for this two-part workshop. Explore important start-up issues and reflect on your own consulting skills. Determine if consulting is an appropriate career choice for you and come away with an understanding of the skills you need to be successful. Key topics include personal characteristics; marketing; business planning; setting up shop; managing fees, time, and getting paid; and maintaining work-life balance. Valuable examples, worksheets, and stories will be shared. Through mini-lectures, small group discussion, interactive games, and personal reflection, participants will plan a start-up strategy.

Reflective Practice and Innovation: Making Creativity Part of Your Life

Reflective Practice bridges theory and practice. It helps us interpret the complexity, uncertainty, unpredictability, and disruption we encounter every day. If we think creatively, we can allow ourselves to experiment, innovate, and refocus, expanding our skills and adding value to our work. This workshop will explore how we can incorporate reflection more fully into our working lives. What barriers and issues stand in the way of innovation? What questions should we be asking? What reflective strategies can we use, and if we use them, what are the implications? Five reflective strategies will be described, and participants will have an opportunity to experiment with several of them and discuss their experiences. We will reflect on the links between reflection, innovation, and action and will leave with a personal strategy to incorporate more creativity into our daily lives.

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